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Winter is coming beauty babes! No need to stress– smooth and glowing skin can be achieved even as the temperatures drop. We get it– dry skin, breakouts, and dullness can leave us all feeling a little blue. Don’t worry, skin is constantly changing and giving it a little extra TLC will have you ready for party season! The trick is to be aware of how the environment and everyday habits can affect skin, and how incorporating minor adjustments to your routine can result in glowing skin. Here are some beauty tips for cold weather.

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1. Protect 

As we head into winter, the air outside tends to get drier, which can cause a decrease in skin’s moisture levels, increasing the importance of protecting the skin’s natural barrier. In an article for Huffington Post, dermatologist Dr. Angela Lamb explains, “skin is the barrier that keeps water inside of your body, so when it is dry and cold, water evaporates off of the surface faster and easier.” No need to fear babes, there are easy steps you can take to prevent dry skin.

Beware of snuggling up by the fire and taking long showers. Sorry, we know this is such a bummer! On the bright side, your morning routine will thank you for the few extra minutes. According to dermatologist Doris Day, hot water can strip moisture from the skin and can leave it feeling itchy and dry. To add extra moisture, Dr. Lamb recommends using coconut oil before showering. Coconut oil has tons of amazing qualities, like fatty acids and antioxidants that can help improve both hair and skin. Coconut oil from the grocery store works great, or you can pamper yourself with a more luxurious option like Epicuren Discovery Kukui Coconut After Bath Body Moisturizer for $40, which is on our wishlist! Although coconut oil is amazing, it shouldn’t be used everywhere. Avoid using coconut oil on your face as it can clog pores.

Dr. Day offers additional tips to maintain skin’s natural moisture and oils in winter. She recommends keeping showers under 15 minutes, to use warm water, and to pat dry. Dr. Melda Isaac also encourages moisturizing promptly after showering. We have heard great things about AMLACTIN Alpha-Hydroxy Ceramide Therapy Restoring Lotion for $22.

Hair and lips may also suffer from the effects of cold weather. Dry, flaky, frizzy, staticky… no more! A quick tip to combat frizzy hair is to take a tiny bit of your moisturizer or coconut oil and smooth it over hair to calm down flyaways. Of course one of the final touches for any beauty look is a perfect pout, and exfoliating and hydrating is key to combat chapped lips. When selecting a lip scrub, be sure to look for products that have very small, fine beads. The skin on lips is very delicate, and harsh scrubs can do more damage than good. A natural option with biodegradable beads is TARTE Pout Prep Lip Exfoliant for $16. Lastly, add hydration and choose a lip balm with oils to keep lips from getting dehydrated. A few options are Nivea’s A Kiss of Moisture Essential Lip Care for $2.99, or Hyaluroil Lip Treatment for $36, which has hyaluronic acid.

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2. Prepare 

Make your home a beauty haven! Paying attention to what your skin is exposed to indoors is just as important as what occurs outside. During crisp mornings, it can be tempting to turn the heater to 80 degrees. Unfortunately, artificial heat can make inside air dry. Not saying that we all need to freeze to have flawless skin! Using a humidifier can add water to the air to help combat dryness. Set the humidifier to 45% – 55% for ideal humidity. Have fun with it, as there are so many different types of humidifiers out there, including portable car humidifiers and others that disperse essential oils!

Did someone say shopping?! Being aware of what touches your skin is essential. Heavy wool coats can add a necessary layer of warmth, but can also irritate skin. According to Discover Magazine, wool fibers are thicker and the increase in density can rub against skin and cause irritation. The good news is wearing soft base layers are the perfect canvas for your favorite outerwear. Check out Lulus Basics for some cozy long sleeve layering tops.

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3. Nourish

The most notable winter skincare staple comes as no surprise– moisturizer! What you put on top of your skin and specific ingredients can help improve texture and appearance. As it gets colder, swap out your lightweight lotion for a thick, fragrance-free cream. Be careful of claims like “unscented,” as Dr. Day explains that additives used to cover up chemical smells can irritate skin. Seek out moisturizers with one of the following ingredients listed at the top of the list: hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, or ceramides.

These ingredients can help skin retain water:

Hyaluronic Acid – Elle Magazine explains, “just a single gram of Hyaluronic Acid has the impressive ability to hold up to six (yep, six) litres of water.” Stylecaster describes it is a “naturally occurring substance in the human body that regulates cell renewal, lubricates connective tissue and maintains skin’s moisture and elasticity. We have heard Peter Thomas Roth Hyaluronic Cloud Cream for $52 does wonders!

Glycolic Acid Women’s Magazine explains, “it has the smallest molecule the acid group, which means your skin can absorb it quickly.” It can be found in “plants like sugar cane, beets, and pineapple.” A top-rated natural serum found at Sephora is Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum for $90.

Ceramides – According to Dermatologist Dorris Day, these molecules “are naturally found in the skin’s outer layer, help to retain moisture and can help to replenish the skin’s moisture.” A favorite among the #lulus crew is DR. JART Ceramidin™ Cream for $48, and if you’re looking for a more affordable option, check out CeraVe Moisturizing Cream for $12.

Adapting your winter skincare regimen is simple with a few minor changes. What are some of your favorite winter skincare products? Show us on Instagram using #lovelulus!